Did Peter Suffer Daily?
Did Peter suffer daily consequences for an unpardonable fail? Does God harshly discipline us with this mental/emotional daily torture to teach us a lesson? Or does God address our failures and by His grace and in His loving, caring way, restore us and reconcile us back to Himself?
My mind knows the right thing and says, surely God by his grace and His loving, caring way restores us. But in all actuality my heart chooses to believe differently. How do I know?
After reading this verse ask yourself the question that follows;
Matthew 26:34 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
After Peter’s denial, what do you think he thought of each morning when he heard the cock crow? Did Peter suffer daily?
Revelation of Tormented Peter
Years ago I was teaching in YWAM Indonesia in the SBSCC (School of Biblical Studies Core Course). In my preparations to teach I & II Peter I found myself focused on Peter’s character. I tried to “put myself in his shoes” if you will. It didn’t take long for me to come to that point in his early years where he denied Christ three times, before the rooster crowed.
In that particular location in East Java, Indonesia, it seemed like a hundred roosters would crow every morning. Roosters from all over the country side were having either a volume contest or a great, long distance conversation. This occurred every morning. One of those mornings a revelation came to me. For the rest of Peter’s life, every morning he would be reminded of his failure. Wow, God must have said, “I betcha won’t do that again Peter!” That was a very sobering thought for me. Did Peter suffer daily for his weakness?
Fast forward 15 years, and I was still carrying the thought “did Peter suffer daily as he was reminded each morning when the roosters crowed”. That would surely have driven him insane!
Revelation of an Emotionally Whole Peter
Last year I was in New Zealand attending the Inheriting the Nations School 2016. For 3 months we were steeped in Fathers love with staff and students whose hearts were set on receiving a greater revelation of who God is as our Father. One afternoon I came across the passage in Johns Gospel;
John 21:15 (and the following verses of Peters Complete Restoration)
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Then it came to me, for the rest of Peter’s life on earth, every morning when the rooster crowed, he was not reminded of his failure, rather his glorious restoration!
For 15 years I was excited about a revelation I had gotten that depicted God as a harsh disciplinarian, when in actuality, His heart for Peter was total forgiveness and restoration. Peter went on to be one of the most influential Apostles of the twelve. For more on forgiveness read >>> State of the Heart
The True Nature of God
The character of God being a harsh disciplinarian is where many of us live and struggle through our journey. But truly the character of God is about the loving, caring, forgiving, and complete restoration of you and me. That’s the true nature of our Father!
I have a fresh revelation of that now!
May you also receive greater revelation of who our God is!
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